“Straight Jacket Star Jumps”
London Design Festival 2015
As the landmark project for the 2015 London Design Festival, British Sculptor Alex Chinneck was commissioned by Greenwich Peninsula to create two ground-breaking installations. Responding to it’s historic, industrial landscape and contemporary structures “A Bullet From A Shooting Star” creates a prominent feature on the landscape in the form of a 37 metre inverted electricity pylon, whilst “Straight Jacket Star Jumps” a fully recoiled, 21 metre electricity pylon is narrowly contained within NOW Gallery.
I provided conceptual & PR visuals for “A Bullet From A Shooting Star”
The Artist subsequently approached me to collaborate on the 3D Design challenges involved in creating “Straight Jacket Star Jumps” leading directly to our production of the technical visual communication between Commissioner, Artist and Engineers.
Finally, fabrication and installation was undertaken with the coordination of the Artist.
Both Installations were previewed during the opening of the 2015 London Design Festival, receiving global press coverage and later the subject of an exhibition by digital agency OneDotZero.
During the course of the design process a total of nine concepts were created and pre-visualised within a CAD model of NOW Galley to understand scale, positioning, lighting and interaction with other architectural elements.
The chosen pylon concept was then fully redesigned as a digital engineering model taking into account the fabrication processes involved.
The 3D model was then dismantled into individual components, measured, coded and documented.
Over 50 different Aluminium radii were rolled and coded according to the 3D model. 300 components were manually measured, cut and assembled on site as part of the dry build . Following the completed build of the sculpture, it was disassembled in sections, transported to the gallery and positioned for the final construction.
Part of the artists brief was to make full use of the space, “Straight Jacket Star Jumps” fell 8mm short of its boundaries.
Software: 3DS Max
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